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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

mrtwice99 Move On (247 comments)

What would you recommend as my next course of action?

Nothing. Seriously. You tried, they didn't listen. Typical. Now find something more deserving of your attention to spend your time on. :)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?

mrtwice99 Open Source (335 comments)

Pick an open source project that you find interesting and get involved in it. It will give you experience in coding, working with people, and look good to the type of employers you would probably want to get hired by.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Standing/Walking Workstations?

mrtwice99 Get a Geek Desk (204 comments)

I plan on getting a Geek Desk: http://www.geekdesk.com/ It won't allow me to walk, but its better than sitting all the time.

more than 2 years ago
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NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks

mrtwice99 Re:Article is not useful (96 comments)

I have to say I agree totally. I read it honestly interested in what it might have to say and came away thinking, why even bother writing that!

more than 2 years ago
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On Slashdot Video, We Hear You Loud and Clear

mrtwice99 Poll Anyone? (263 comments)

How about the next poll asks who is interested in video on Slashdot. I don't care if its there, but I doubt I will ever watch them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

mrtwice99 Start Learning Python (519 comments)

I'd recommend that you start learning Python. I moved away from PHP to Python in late 2008 and have NEVER, even once, looked back. Its just a better engineered language and the community is more deliberate and professional. SQLAlchemy is the best database library/ORM ever! And there are plenty of web frameworks to choose from (start with Flask or Pyramid).

Here are some thoughts from 2008 that got me moving away from PHP towards python. The python web community has grown a lot over the last few years, so my comments about Python being hard to get started in can be considered somewhat deprecated:

http://old.nabble.com/Creole-is-Dead,-long-live-Python!-p20488959.html
http://propel.tigris.org/ds/viewMessage.do?dsForumId=1093&dsMessageId=88191

Finally, Python is much more general purpose than PHP, so the Python skills you learn while doing web development can be put to use in other programming areas (I do a lot of scripting and data manipulation with Python).

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

mrtwice99 A web developer says thank you! (476 comments)

I know there might be negative ramifications, but I'm glad to see this day arrive. The sooner old IEs die, the better.

more than 2 years ago
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7 Days In Email Hell

mrtwice99 Re:Stupid (213 comments)

Stop giving your email address out to every bozo website that wants it and spam will virtually disappear. Stop subscribing for every stupid news feed and commercial website and your mailbox won't fill up. I've had the same address for 3 years at this point and I get 15-30 emails a day, most of which are important and valid. The ones that aren't are from my mom.

+1

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License

mrtwice99 Re:Encryption (213 comments)

How about when you want to share folders w/ other people? And, you want them to be able to modify the content? And, it needs to work on Windows, Linux, or Mac? And, it needs to work for technically challenged individuals? And... Yes, encryption has its place, but also has its problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License

mrtwice99 Re:What you get for free (213 comments)

Seriously, you are going to compare Dropbox to "a basic website with webspace", and this gets modded Insightful? I have lots of websites, there is a reason I use Dropbox, its a great product. I'm just concerned the terms are overly broad.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License

mrtwice99 Re:Summary incomplete (213 comments)

Agreed, I have concerns about that sentence as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License

mrtwice99 Re:A common TOS (213 comments)

You are incorrect on both accounts. My goal was to make the TOS terms known to a wider audience in the hope of getting DB to change their TOS to something less permissive. The following is from box.net TOS, as noted by another commenter above:

By registering to use the Services, you understand and acknowledge that Box.net and its contractors retain an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, and publicly display such content *for the sole purpose of providing to you the Services for which you have registered*.

I realize they need some copyright assignment to provide the service, I just think its unnecessarily broad.

more than 3 years ago
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CERN Lends a Hand To the Origin of Life

mrtwice99 Re:The origin of life, hah, thats easy... (69 comments)

Sigh - The universe expanded from a singularity, a singularity is not nothing.

interesting, I agree that I misrepresented that point. So, it sounds like the big bang theory is not an "origin of the universe" theory at all. Its an "evolution" of the universe theory. That point escaped me until now.

So where did the singularity come from?

more than 3 years ago
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CERN Lends a Hand To the Origin of Life

mrtwice99 The origin of life, hah, thats easy... (69 comments)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

I know most of you don't like that answer, but its much more sane than arguing for a giant explosion out of nothing, some accidental joining of proteins in primordial soup, and billions of years of accidental gene mutation and natural selection culminating in the world as we know it. Believing in either option requires faith, but believing in God takes less faith than believing in that!

Really, think about it.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Organise a Heterogeneous Mix of Files?

mrtwice99 Re:Evernote (254 comments)

I use Evernote, and so do a lot of my med students. It is cross platform, the free version is quite functional and stores PDFs, rich text and graphics. It is searchable and shareable.

Evernote does not work on Linux, so "multi-platform" might be more correct than "cross-platform."

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From *nix To Windows Automation?

mrtwice99 Python & Win32 Extensions (427 comments)

Try it. The PyWin32 mailing list is also very helpful.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Twitter Data To Approximate a Telephone Survey

mrtwice99 Demographics Anyone (68 comments)

It seems that the age demographics of twitter users wouldn't be very representative of the population as a whole.

more than 4 years ago
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What's Holding Back Encryption?

mrtwice99 Re:Costs? (660 comments)

Well, at least for HTTP certs, the price is coming down considerably. The Planet has $15 certs: https://ssl.theplanet.com/ With 99% browser acceptance rate. I used to avoid SSL for my customers b/c of the cost. Now, I don't have any aversion to using them. The low cost certs are just as secure, but they lack some of the "frills" like badges for your site. For most of my customers and their user base, all that matters is the lock icon in the browser and no security warnings when the page loads.

more than 4 years ago

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Dropbox Responds with Updated TOS

mrtwice99 mrtwice99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mrtwice99 (1435899) writes "Dropbox has heard the concerns of its users and updated the TOS:

By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service. This license is solely to enable us to technically administer, display, and operate the Services. You must ensure you have the rights you need to grant us that permission.

Still not sure about that last sentence, but the changes they made (in bold) are a huge improvement. Kudos to the management for actually caring about what its customers think."

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Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License

mrtwice99 mrtwice99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mrtwice99 (1435899) writes "Dropbox recently updated their TOS, Privacy Policy, and Security Overview. Included in the TOS is the following statement:

By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent we think it necessary for the Service.

I think Dropbox is a great service, but what is the significance of granting them such broad usage rights?"
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Recommended SAS Time Tracking Company for SMB

mrtwice99 mrtwice99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mrtwice99 (1435899) writes "I am involved in a small IT company and we would like a better time tracking solution than Quickbooks provides. However, we have pretty specific fields that we need to capture on the time entries themselves: location work is performed, not-billed reason, class/division, and issue/ticket #. That is in addition to the normal fields you would find such as: organization, project, task, employee, notes, etc. Employees should be able to add a customer or project on the fly. Importing/exporting customers, projects/jobs, items/tasks from/to Quickbooks would be very helpful. It would also be nice if the service provided desktop and mobile phone clients that interface with their service. Fields on time entries need to be able to be bulk updated from the admin interface, i.e. I need to be able to change time entries from "unbilled" to "billed" with ease.

I have tried all 10 services that come up on the first page of a good search along with a few others. ClickTime got close, but its really not going to work. So does Slashdot have a suggestion? Building it ourselves is our next step, but we would prefer to spend our development efforts elsewhere."
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Microsoft Ships Internet Explorer 8 Browser

mrtwice99 mrtwice99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrtwice99 (1435899) writes "eWeek reports:

Microsoft will release its Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) browser for download on March 19. Microsoft said security, ease of use, and improvements in RSS, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and Asynchronous JavaScript and X M L (AJAX) support are key priorities for Internet Explorer 8.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Microsoft-Ships-Internet-Explorer-8-Browser-184414/"
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Good Schools with On-Line Masters Program in CS

mrtwice99 mrtwice99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrtwice99 (1435899) writes "I am 27, currently living in Southern Indiana, and am thinking about going to graduate school to get a Master's degree in Computer Science. I would not want to uproot my family by moving, so I have been looking at on-line degree programs. However, I don't want the typical "on-line degree." I would like to attend a respected institution where I am really going to learn something and the name will look good on a resume. Cost is also a factor. So, what really good schools do you know of that offer an on-line masters degree in CS that (preferably) don't cost an arm and a leg."

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